Beer Clubs Shipping Info

Beer Of The Month Clubs - Shipping Information

Currently in America, all 50 states allow beer production. However, when it comes to shipping alcoholic beverages, that’s where things can get a little confusing. The 21st Amendment made shipping and handling of alcoholic beverages a state affair. As such, each state has it’s own set of rules and regulations guiding such activities. Lets face it, alcohol isn’t a Twinkie, and is considered by many a substance which should be tightly controlled, and this affects each states shipping decisions. Currently, there are some states which will allow alcohol shipments to enter and leave the state, while other states will only allow alcohol deliveries from within the state. If that’s enough, there are some that allow beers to be sent out of state, but not within state. We’re going to do the very best when it comes to demystifying this issue, clearing the cobwebs and providing definitive answers as it concerns beer shipments and beer of the month clubs.

 

Beer of the Month Clubs and Shipping

Beer of the Month Clubs must navigate a twisting road when it comes to shipping brews. Sadly for many beer lovers there are still states which have archaic regulations regarding this. Individuals who live in dry counties or in states which simply do not allow beer to be shipped to their doors lack access to beer of the month club memberships. For instance, the states of Alabama, Utah, and Oklahoma will not allow beer to be delivered to your door. To help cut through all of the confusion, we’ve outlined several states and what beer clubs work with what state:

 

Montana

While Montana’s Code 16-4-1101 only references that wine requires a direct shipment endorsement, beer clubs find the act of simply getting beer to a residence in Montana to be difficult due to the few interstates. So, only two clubs ship there:

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer

 

Alabama

Shipping beer to a residence in Alabama is specifically prohibited under Code §28-1-4 which states:

“…It shall be unlawful for common or permit carriers, operators of trucks, buses or other conveyances or out-of-state manufacturers or suppliers to make delivery of any alcoholic beverage from without the state of Alabama to any person, association or corporation within the state, except to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board…”

However, an individual can order beer from the following clubs if they procure permission for direct shipment from the Alabama Beverage Control Board.

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club

 

Kentucky

While prohibition ended in 1933, Kentucky still has not overhauled their state statutes, as exhibited by Ky. Rev. Stat. §244.165:

“(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person in the business of selling alcoholic beverages in another state or country to ship or cause to be shipped any alcoholic beverage directly to any Kentucky resident who does not hold a valid wholesaler or distributor license issued by the commonwealth of Kentucky.”

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club

 

Hawaii

While they allow direct shipment to residences, not many beer clubs will ship to Hawaii due to the expenses involved. But here are two that will:

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club

 

Alaska

This is the same as Hawaii. If you note that your selected beer club won’t ship to residences there, it’s because of the high cost of shipping.

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club

 

Utah

Like Kentucky, Utah hasn’t really revised it’s state statutes regarding the direct shipment of alcoholic beverages as you can see by the Utah Code Ann. §32B-4-401:

“It is unlawful for a person in the business of selling liquor, a manufacturer, a supplier, an importer of liquor, or staff of the person, manufacturer, supplier, or importer to sell, ship, transport, or cause to be sold, shipped, or transported liquor from an out-of-state location directly or indirectly into this state…”

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club

 

Minnesota

Minnesota is one of those states that have relaxed it’s grip a bit with regards to beer shipments.

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club
  • The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club
  • The Rare Beer Club
  • The Hop Heads Beer Club
  • The International Beer Club

 

Pennsylvania

We’re happy to announce that Pennsylvania’s beer laws which restricted direct shipments to residences has been seen as unconstitutional. So, we’re including Pennsylvania on this list, specifically for those who had no idea, and can no be free to join a beer of the month club of their choice!

  • Clubs Of America’s Beer Club
  • The Craft Beer Club
  • The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club
  • The Rare Beer Club
  • The Hop Heads Beer Club
  • The International Beer Club

 

Basics of Shipping Beer

When it comes to shipping beer, only a licensed wholesaler can distribute it, and only a licensed retailer can sell it. The United States Postal Service does not allow alcohol to be shipped, but if you’re a licensed wholesaler you can sign a shipping contract with a carrier such as FedEx and UPS. These carriers will obey the individual state statutes and furthermore insist that only adults over the age of 21 sign for the product. If you’re into creating craft brews yourself or interesting in starting your own beer of the month club, then it may be a good idea to peruse The Compliant Bootlegger’s site to see how they can assist you.

If you are still confused regarding your own states beer shipment restrictions, then we suggest you start here, where you can learn about your own states particular statutes regarding direct shipment of beer to residential addresses. Keep in mind that when you do so, that there are often different restrictions governing both beer and wine deliveries, so when you examine your states statutes, look for those that specifically state wine, as those restrictions do not cover beer deliveries.

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